Norman Macgeorge Scholarship

This scholarship provides up to $8000 for an overseas research trip or up to $4000 for an international conference presentation to support PhD students in the visual, creative and performing arts, music, architecture, conservation, literature, creative writing, language, history, philosophy and anthropology at the University. The scholarship enables students to conduct a research trip or conference presentation overseas in the 12 months from July 1.

Applications open

13 Mar 2023

Applications closed

19 May 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $8,000

Applicable study areas

Architecture, building and planning; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Music; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television

Number of scholarships awarded

1 or more

  • Julianne Bell
    "This trip had significant positive impact on my PhD research, my professional development and my personal growth. Not only have I gathered original data on an emerging field of research that has not been combined before, but I have also developed meaningful connections with leaders in the field."
    - Julianne Bell
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a PhD student at the University of Melbourne and have completed an Australian honours degree or equivalent at a high level of achievement.
    • be in the early stages of your candidacy for a PhD in the visual, creative and performing arts, music, architecture, conservation, literature, creative writing, language, history, philosophy and anthropology and have maintained satisfactory progress since commencement
    • be enrolled as a full or part time student at the University of Melbourne

    Selection criteria

    The following criteria will be used by the Committee in selecting successful applicants:

    1. Quality of the candidate, as judged by academic results, references and any publications.
    2. Inherent academic significance and interest of the project proposed (bearing in mind also the feasibility of progress within the timetable stated).
    3. Likelihood that as a result of the Scholarship the successful candidate will produce a significant research outcome (completion of a PhD, refereed or other research publications, etc) within two years of completing the research trip/conference presentation.
    4. Suitability of the candidate to interact with the international community at the organisations/conference specified.
    5. Stage reached in the candidate’s PhD study. Preference will be given to students in the early to mid stages of their PhD.
  • Application process

    Eligible students should read the guidelines and submit an application online:

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 4-5 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Norman Macgeorge

    Norman Macgeorge, artist and patron of the arts, bequeathed to the University his house and land in in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, with his paintings, all effects and some capital, on his death in 1952. The bequest took effect on the death in 1970 of his wife May, a fellow artist, and granddaughter of overlander pastoralist and ship's captain John Hepburn (1800‐1860), who built Smeaton House in central Victoria, a Colonial Regency-style Georgian building dated 1849‐50 and now registered by the National Trust of Australia. Realising the couple's joint intention that their estate should be used for the benefit of “students…with special emphasis on those studying Fine Arts, Literature, History of Philosophy” and “for the postgraduate in all the arts rather than for the undergraduate who has not yet acquired sufficient knowledge either at an accredited art school or the University", the Norman Macgeorge Scholarship was established in 2005.

What are the benefits?

In the case of a research trip, the Scholarship provides for an uninterrupted period of research overseas. Students will be able to conduct research within an international environment and access significant resources. It is anticipated that students will benefit enormously from the experience of visiting prestigious, international organisations and their research will be enriched. The scholarship will contribute up to $8,000 toward expenses associated with the research trip.

In the case of a conference presentation, the Scholarship supports students to present their PhD research at an important international conference. The scholarship will contribute up to $4,000 toward expenses associated with the conference presentation trip. Students presenting at more than one conference will receive a scholarship total of up to $4,000.


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